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Your dog is so much more than four legs and a tail — they’re members of your family and best friends for life. We’re proud to be the nation’s top-rated and leading service for dog transportation.

Our unique process matches you with a fleet of pre-screened drivers with prior experience at transporting dogs, with strong emphasis on your pet's comfort and safety.

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What determines the cost of Chesapeake Bay Retriever shipping

Here's what you need to know about safely transporting your Chesapeake Bay Retriever.

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Ground and air travel have different associated costs. Flying is typically the fastest option, but also the most expensive and taxing on your pet.

Travel distance

The further you need to transport your pet, the more it'll cost. If you're using ground transportation, you'll have to factor in fuel costs, lodging, meals on the road and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. These costs are applicable whether you drive the pet yourself or you hire a transporter through CitizenShipper. Airlines charge more for longer plane rides as well. This is due to the cost of fuel and the need compensate pilots and flight attendants.

Pet size

Smaller pets are easier – and less expensive – to transport. If you’re flying your Chesapeake Bay Retriever, they’ll need to travel in the cargo hold if they’re over 20 pounds. You’ll also need to buy a USDA-approved crate, which can cost around $200. With ground transport, it’s easier for drivers to accommodate small pets.

Health clearance and travel equipment

The first step to transporting your Chesapeake Bay Retriever is ensuring they’re healthy enough to travel. Most species require a vet-issued health certificate to cross state lines. This will cost $50 to $300. You’ll likely need to purchase some equipment too – such as a crate and travel supplies.

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Chesapeake Bay Retriever: The Sturdy Companions

Origins and Temperament

The Chesapeake Bay Retriever, affectionately known as the Chessie, hails from the United States with a storied past as a waterfowl retriever. Bred to be hardy and tenacious, these dogs are as loving as they are robust, often forming strong, loyal bonds with their owners. Their intelligence and protective nature make them not only excellent workers but also cherished family members. Understanding the Chessie's active and alert temperament is essential for a comfortable travel experience, as they may require more mental stimulation and reassurance than less active breeds.

Size and Physical Needs

Adult Chesapeake Bay Retrievers typically weigh between 55 to 80 pounds, with a dense, waterproof coat that reflects their working heritage. Regular exercise is crucial for this athletic breed to maintain their physical and mental health. When traveling, spacious accommodations to stretch out and opportunities for regular physical activity are vital to keep them relaxed and happy.

Common Health Considerations

Generally robust, Chessies can be prone to certain hereditary conditions such as hip dysplasia and eye problems. It's important to travel with up-to-date health documentation and be vigilant about their comfort, particularly in their joints during long trips. Pre-travel vet check-ups can proactively ensure your pet is fit for travel, and documentation should be kept easily accessible.

How to prepare your Chesapeake Bay Retriever for transport

At CitizenShipper, we pride ourselves on making pet transportation a breeze. However, there are things you can do ahead of time to make your best friend’s trip safer and more comfortable.

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Talk to your veterinarian

Your pet’s safety is number one – that’s why checking in with your vet before finalizing any travel plans is essential.

Can’t make it to the vet’s office in time? Conveniently video chat with a qualified veterinarian at FirstVet – one of our amazing partners.

Here are the questions you’ll want to ask your vet:

  • Is my pet healthy enough for transport?
  • Is my pet up to date on their vaccines?
  • Is my pet’s microchip still in place and scannable?

Health and Vaccination Records

Before traveling, ensure your Chessie's vaccinations are up-to-date and you have all necessary health records. Keep a copy of these documents handy during transit—it's crucial for interstate travel compliance and in case of emergencies.

Identification and Tracking

A microchip is a reliable way to identify your dog, along with a well-fitted collar and ID tags listing your contact information. Consider using a GPS tracker, especially if your dog is a first-time traveler or seems nervous, to ensure added peace of mind.

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Comfort Items and Familiar Scents

Bring along a favorite blanket or toy infused with home scents to provide comfort to your Chessie during the trip. These familiar items can greatly reduce stress and provide a sense of security.

Essential pet transport travel supplies include:

  • Food, bowls and fresh water
  • Collars and leashes
  • Waste bags
  • Medication
  • First-aid supplies
  • Any travel documents
  • A secure, USDA-approved travel crate

Traveling to a new place is exciting but stressful for your pet. Pack their favorite toys, a bed or a comfy blanket to help them enjoy their journey. Familiar items remind them of home and will soothe their anxiety.

Tailored Travel Tips for Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Managing Anxiety and Stress

Reduce travel-related stress by incorporating comfort items like a well-loved toy or an anxiety vest. Familiarize your Chessie with their travel carrier or vehicle in advance and consider practice trips to create positive associations with travel.

Exercise and Bathroom Breaks

Plan for regular stops to allow your Chessie to stretch and relieve themselves—every 3-4 hours is a good guideline. Exercise before and during travel can help manage energy levels and reduce anxiety.

Temperature Control and Hydration

Chessies have a dense coat that insulates them; hence, an air-conditioned environment is essential to prevent overheating. Always provide access to fresh water and monitor your dog to ensure they're drinking regularly to stay hydrated.

Post Transportation Care for your Chesapeake Bay Retriever

Adjustment to New Surroundings

Upon arrival, allow your Chesapeake Bay Retriever to explore their new surroundings at their own pace, offering reassurance and treats. Keep their routine as consistent as possible to help them adjust seamlessly.

Monitoring Health Post-Travel

After travel, observe your Chessie for any signs of stress or discomfort and consult a vet if there are persistent issues. Pay special attention to their eating, drinking, and elimination habits as stress can affect these behaviors.

Continuing Care and Routine

Re-establishing a regular routine for meals, walks, and playtime is key to a smooth transition for your Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Stick closely to the schedule they're accustomed to, and gradually introduce them to new experiences in their new environment.

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